The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday said that it is working with private investigators in order to curb vote-buying and to end “black money” politics, as it offered a rewards — up to a total of NT$10 million (US$306,307) — for information leading to vote-buying investigations.
DPP officials told a Taipei news conference that the party has established an anti-bribery supervisory task force, led by former minister of the interior Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), to work with the investigators. Former DPP chairperson Yao Chia-wen (姚嘉文), former minister of the interior Yu Cheng-hsien (余政憲) and attorney Wellington Koo (顧立雄) are also members.
The four district chairmen of the private investigators union attended the news conference.
Su said that elections have long been plagued by money and violence, adding that cases of election fraud appear endless, from local to national elections.
“Most of the candidates that have been sentenced for vote buying have been affiliated with the Chinese Nationalist Party [KMT]. They have greatly damaged the nation’s political environment and national development,” Su said.
“The DPP is going to work closely with Taiwanese against vote-buying. In addition to coordinating with city and county governments, and the party’s campaign offices in each city and county, the DPP has set aside a total of NT$10 million for rewards for information leading to bribery and vote-buying, which the DPP would help forward to law-enforcement and prosecution units for investigation,” he said.
Information leading to the investigation of bribery related to the presidential and vice presidential candidates could receive a NT$5 million reward, and that related to legislative candidates a NT$2 million award, he said, adding that the party would raise the reward money if the number of cases exceeds the set amount.
“The DPP has set up a hotline to receive tips about vote-buying: 0800-389399,” Su said.
The DPP said it asked private investigators to help and is in contact with more than 20 such companies whose expertise would be used for information gathering.
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